Arrow Films have announced that Hirokazu Kore-eda's tender and playful family drama Like Father, Like Son / Soshite chichi ni naru will be released in cinemas nationwide in October. Like Father, Like Son was the winner of the Jury Prize at The Cannes Film Festival this year.
Would you choose your natural son or the son you believed was yours after spending six years together? Kore-eda Hirokazu, the globally acclaimed director of After Life, Nobody Knows, Still Walking and I Wish, returns to the big screen with another family – a family thrown into torment after a phone call from the hospital where the son was born...
Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not 'their' son – the hospital gave them the wrong baby.
Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between 'nature' and 'nurture.' Seeing Midori's devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family that has raised his natural son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a 'father' aU these years... The moving story of a man who finally faces himself when he encounters an unexpected wall for the first time in his life.
Described by Robbie Collin in The telegraph as "A piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love," Like Father, Like Son will hit hit cinemas on 18th October 2013.